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Capital Restaurant

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839 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1614
+1 415-397-6269
11:00 - 21:15
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:15
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Jax, FL
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155 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Food is close but found service to be even better. Small restaurant with even smaller kitchen. Amazing how they make do with such a close quartered kitchen. Restrooms are through kitchen and aren't as bad as expected. Restaurant can get crowded, noisy, claustrophobic, and hot. Currently, cash only.

Thank Dara50
Johannesburg, South Africa
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59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Great, fresh Chinese food. Try the set menu for excellent value! Broccoli beef and sweet & sour chicken were superb.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Nice food for vegetarians and carnivores.. The spring roll is only vegetarian and is ordinary, the won ton noodles soup is big is and nice and the chow is nice.. The only problem was we found out at the end that they only take cash... which is o.k, if you carry it, otherwise - you have to go for a... More 

Thank Hannan G
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Got here after reading a review of this restuarant on a blog. We went in for a quick lunch and that is what we got! It was very tastefull and well prepared. They serve traditional Chinese food for a reasonable price. If you look for a quick place to eat in chinatown which serves good food, look no further!

Thank nvandermeijde
Miami Beach, Florida
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch as it was a recommended restaurant for Chinatown...Had a spicy beef and rice with a bug inside the rice. Didn't have to pay for the food but lost appetite.

Thank Mobicy
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Nice place and nice food, but no more than nice. Good experience but nothing special and lack of souces but basic tasty Chinese food and very nice service

Thank Alisa K
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Just off the main routes through Chinatown we went there after reading other reviews. We weren't disappointed, it was very busy but they found us a table. Great varied menu, we chose menu B for 5. All very tasty, hot and service was fine. All in all we made a great choice, so much we've been back tonight just 2... More 

Thank zolapower087
Oakland, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

My wife, daughters and inlaws had a fantastic meal at this gem of a Chinatown restaurant. I have low expectations whenever we take visitors for Chinese food on or near Grant St. This was a huge hit with everyone. May older daughter, who rarely eats anything fried, loved the lemon and sweet n sour chicken - both dishes were delicious!... More 

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Morning View
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91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Have patience!! My son wanted to eat at a real Chinese dive while we were visiting and this place didn't disappoint. It's as real as it gets. The place was packed. We ate there at 11:30 and it was 90 percent full of locals. We waited for about 10 min for a table. No one seated us. Soon a woman... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Went based on the great reviews. Maybe should rate this higher but I know family would not rate the food on the high list. I would rate it higher because it is a tremendous value. Prices for San Francisco and in Chinatown, this place is a bargain. One thing family did describe this food as VERY fresh. And the comment... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:15
11:00 - 21:15
11:00 - 21:15
11:00 - 21:15
11:00 - 21:15
11:00 - 21:15
11:00 - 21:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 839 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1614
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-397-6269

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighbourhood.
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